Tourism funds come to Hudson, Catskill, Chatham, and New Lebanon
Melissa Manno reports for the Times Union that the Hudson Opera House, Crandell Theatre in Chatham, and Thomas Cole House in Catskill were among 69 statewide winners of $15 million for tourism facility capital improvements. The funding comes from the Regional Economic Development Councils as part of the Market New York program. The Hudson Opera House, Inc. is getting $66,500 for marketing the Hudson Jazz Festival. The Crandell Theatre will receive $323,000 towards restoration efforts and to publicize the FilmColumbia film festival. The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is getting $120,000 to promote the “Women, Land + Art: Showcasing the Hudson River School for Contemporary Audiences” exhibit. Locally, Kite's Nest in Hudson was the big winner, getting $1,600,000 to transform a two-acre formerly industrial Hudson Riverfront property into a campus for education, youth employment, environmental justice, and the arts. And the Town of New Lebanon is receiving $20,000 for assistance for a Renovation Project Action Plan for the Town's main commercial corridor. Read more about this story in the Times Union.